Queensland Infrastructure Plan to unveil blueprint for roads

New plan to be unveiled next year matching infrastructure needs to population growth in Qld

May 26, 2010

A new plan will be unveiled next year in Queensland matching infrastructure needs to population growth.

The Bligh Government today announced the Queensland Infrastructure Plan will be a long-term document designed to anticipate infrastructure needs in growing regions.

Premier Anna Bligh says the plan will outline a state-wide blueprint of road, public transport, health and education infrastructure needs.

The plan will also list a pipeline of targets that Bligh claims will attract federal funding.

"For the first time we will have a state-wide plan that will anticipate infrastructure needs in growing regions as we deliver on regionalisation to help take the pressure off the south east corner," Premier Anna Bligh says.

"The new Queensland Infrastructure Plan will integrate the existing Queensland Roads Investment Program (RIP) and SEQ Infrastructure Plan and Program (SEQIPP) as well as other state infrastructure planning documents."

Bligh says the plan will also deliver prioritisation, sequencing and assessments of projects across Queensland’s regional planning frameworks.

Councils will be given a greater say on their expected population figures after they refuted government dwelling targets at the Growth Management Summit.

"We have listened, and will give Councils the chance to sit down with Government and confirm the forecast dwelling numbers for our region, within the existing urban footprint," Bligh says.

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